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mickgall
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Hi all

I was wondering what a gunner in a Div ammo column actually did. A driver obviously was in charge of the horses but what did a gunner do, was he just used a labourer to hump supplies about? Or did they get used to fire the guns if the battery were short of men.

Mick

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Mick,

A gunner is a rank in the artillery equivalent to a private. They were the workers. I belive their initial training was "on the guns" and they could have jumped in to assist in a pinch, but the Divisional Ammunition Column provided ammunition to the infantry and the artillery, so they were busy with this critical task most of the time. In the midst of attacks, shell fire and occasionally gas, and in all types of weather and climatic conditions, they had to get the ammunition to the front line troops.

Mike Morrison

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Thanks for that Mike

Mick

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